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kruzzano

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1980 Turbo Trans Am Indy Pace Car
« on: April 21, 2007, 10:18:28 PM »
Hello all....

 I've recently purchased a 1980 Turbo Trans Am Indy Pace Car.  I'm interested in restoring it, and have been trying to do some research.  I have read that only 5700 were made, all automatics.  Well, mine is a 5 speed manual.  One would think it'd be a counterfeit, but the vin # matches those coded for the 1980 pace car... and I was told a handful of those 5700 produced were factory "altered," if so, I'm interested in how many manuals may have been produced or any known history of this car.  I have attempted to contact GM and Pontiac through their websites, to no avail.  I'd appreciate any help, or possibly a general direction of whom I should contact to find out more. 
 
Thanks,      ;)
~Krystin

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Re: 1980 Turbo Trans Am Indy Pace Car
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2007, 04:11:30 PM »
Depends on what you mean by "restore".

Any alternation, even factory (whatever that really means in this case), is still an alteration.  But this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

If it were my car, I would restore everything but the transmission, since the manual transmission you have is probably better than the automatic option.  And it keeps your T/A unique.

kruzzano

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Re: 1980 Turbo Trans Am Indy Pace Car
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2007, 10:38:16 PM »
Thanks mithral7... 

That's the approach I've taken, been trying to restore the normal wear & tear first... I'm not obsessive to make it "perfect," I just want to keep everything as original as possible, it's not gonna be more than a toy for myself, when I need to take a drive & have a break...  I like it's uniqueness.

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Re: 1980 Turbo Trans Am Indy Pace Car
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2007, 03:16:09 PM »
I agree with your approach.  If you have no plans to compete and win in shows, just worry about enjoying driving the car.  You can still take it to car shows, and show it off.

Start with the big mechanical things first, like drive train and suspension, then worry about major body problems, then interior and smaller problems.  Tinker with the details as desired.

I began serious restorative efforts on my 1973 Formula 455 in 1988...  I had about 70K miles on the car by that time.  It's now 20 years later and another 65K miles, and I'm still tinkering with little details.


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Re: 1980 Turbo Trans Am Indy Pace Car
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2007, 11:49:21 PM »

 Hello Krystin,

 I am certain that no firebirds had manual transmissions in 1980.

 Pontiac's info at the time all agrees on the point.

 But many sure would have liked to have a manual, that's for sure.

 I have done a lot of research on the 2nd Gen cars and most namely
the birds with 301 and 301T engines. I have a web site dedicated
to the 301 and the birds it was in.  www.301garage.com

 In addition to this site you may want to stop by Trans Am country,
as there are a lot of Pace car folks that post there regularly.

 http://www.transamcountry.com/

 Please don't hesitate to ask about these cars, you're not alone.

 Joe R
'79 10th Aniv 400-4spd LE
'80 Indy Turbo Pace SE
'80 Bandit SE
'81 Nascar Turbo Pace SE
'81 Bandit Turbo SE
'81 Turbo TA
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Re: 1980 Turbo Trans Am Indy Pace Car
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